Thursday, March 27, 2008

You Just Strolled in for an Hour and Took the Place Apart

We need to extend a giant thank you to everyone who made it out to the Scene last night, and helped make our first ever releasing of recorded music extravaganza show (or something to that effect) such a rousing success. All of the bands who played brought the rock to new heights though The Henry Clay People once again brought the rock to a new stratosphere. I really don't know how it's possible for them to become as drastically better as they do every time they play, especially when you thought that surely they could never top the last time you saw them play. They led the crowd in several "rock jumps," they covered Neil Young, AND they thankfully brought Eli Monolator on stage to recreate the famed cover of "Psycho Killer" that they debuted during their Echo residency in February. I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record at this point, but if you haven't seen the Henry Clay People play a live show please do your best to correct that immediately!

Also Squaregirl Kristen did a fabulous job on the tacos. I'm seriously in awe.

Alright, off now make a few mix tapes that I promised various people ages ago...

On a semi- related note, Strut Records, and their extraordinarily well thought out comps may be the best thing to ever happen to me in terms of musical education. I've had a good deal of trouble in the past trying to figure out where to start to learn how to appreciate reggae, especially that point where (post) punk, reggae, funk, soul, disco and even pop collide to create something interesting. Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story 1980-1986 it turns out is exactly where to start. Compass Point was started by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, and the Compass Point All- Stars house band included Sly & Robbie which helped give the recordings made in that period such a special sound. Strut's most recent Disco Not Disco comp has had the same effect in helping me to appreciate all of those weird disco and (along with Souljazz's New York Noise comps) no wave tracks that I was convinced I would never be hip enough to have any appreciation for. I'm still not hip enough, but it turns out that I finally get it anyway. Go figure. I believe there are still a few volumes of New York Noise that are pretty easy to find. Both Strut comps are available now. It should also be noted that Strut Records was recently resurrected by !k7, the label responsible for those frequently pretty great DJ- Kicks compilations. I think that's exciting. Actually, I think it's very exciting.

~Sqg Marion


le narrateur said...

AND they started the set with NOFX. That, my friend, was beautiful.

Also, in terms of musical education, the Eccentric Soul series by the Numero Group is very worth checking out. My favorites are the Twinight "Lunar Rotation" double disk and the album devoted to the Prix label.

squaregirls said...

Oh that's right, I knew they started with NOFX and Maria from Le Switch singing. I was distracted during that one though.

Yes, Eccentric Soul, good stuff. I need to get more into those...